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 (nĕsh′əns, nĕsh′ē-əns, nēsh′-, nĕs′ē-əns, nē′sē-)
1. Absence of knowledge or awareness; ignorance.
2. Agnosticism.

[Late Latin nescientia, from Latin nesciēns, nescient-, present participle of nescīre, to be ignorant : ne-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + scīre, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]

nes′cient adj. & n.


a formal or literary word for ignorance
[C17: from Late Latin nescientia, from Latin nescīre to be ignorant of, from ne not + scīre to know; compare science]
ˈnescient adj


(ˈnɛʃ əns, ˈnɛʃ i əns, ˈnɛs i-)

1. lack of knowledge; ignorance.
[1605–15; < Late Latin nescientia ignorance =ne- not + scientia knowledge; see science]
nes′cient, adj.


, inscience - Nescience and inscience both mean "ignorance."
See also related terms for ignorance.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nescience - ignorance (especially of orthodox beliefs)
ignorance - the lack of knowledge or education


1. The condition of being ignorant; lack of knowledge or learning:
2. The condition of being uninformed or unaware:
References in classic literature ?
In such a naked state of nescience, Valentin had a view and a method of his own.
Such an outrageous denial reflects a collective nescience among the international community toward the suffering of an occupied and systematically oppressed people.
This nescience was transfigured into a positive value in Jesus' human existence, as it can be in ours (147).
Of such transactions Keen points to Hardy's journey into solitariness, moving "towards an embrace of nescience (the condition of not knowing) and affirming his monist perspective on the universe's organization" (104).
Yet the fact remains that the unity referred to as Existence is indeed a negative totality with a positive nescience on the part of multiplicity of most conscious existents: it has an underlying asymmetric connection between things perceived as "parts" and is non-integrable by way of logical representation.
Certainly Kasper, given his theological reputation and immense ecumenical experience, must be familiar with this nuance of Orthodoxy not recognizing the absolute non-dissolubility of sacramental marriage; its absence is either a glaring omission from this proposal or certainly must be categorized as ignorance and not nescience.
At fault, the same inadequate ideological training, nescience, and inconsistency of organizers and contestants alike.
Instead this block of nescience is something dense, opaque, and fenced of with barbed wire.
actually presuppose[s] also a certain nescience, a ratio, that is immeasurably variable to be sure, of reciprocal concealment" (448).
10) The visual component emerges from the original state of nescience and literally heats up the scene.
Consider for a moment the nescience that helped trigger the downfall of former telecommunications industry darling Research in Motion (RIM).
It would be my prayer that in the ongoing debate about episcope and episcopacy which needs to take place, one side may hear the desire for proper reverence of God and respect for God's sovereign freedom, while the other side may address valuable 20th-century work on the logic of creation and incarnation for what they disclose about where God wills to be (and here I would add to Love's Endeavour, Love's Expense Karl Rahner's ground-breaking work on the nescience of Jesus in Dogmatic Reflections on the Knowledge and Self Consciousness of Christ).